Michael Thomas

Associate Professor
Cognitive Neuroscience PsychologyMichael faculty image
Office: 237 BHSCI
Phone: (970) 491-6820
Email: Michael.L.Thomas@colostate.edu

Education: Ph.D., Arizona State University, 2011
Area of Specialization: Neuropsychology, Psychometrics, Neuroimaging, Psychosis, Aging

Teaching Courses: Cognitive Neuroscience
Office Hours:
Monday- | Tuesday- | Wednesday- | Thursday- | Friday- | By Appointment- X

Current Research: We develop and apply clinical neuroscience methods that are relevant to mental health research. Current research seeks to better understand cognitive and motivational impairments in neuropsychiatric populations and aging. We rely on methods from psychometric theory, mathematical cognitive modeling, and neuroscience. Our research uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and, more recently, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).


Thomas, M. L., & Duffy, J. R. (2023). Advances in psychometric theory: Item response theory, generalizability theory, and cognitive psychometrics. In G. G. Brown, B. Crosson, K. Y. Haaland, & T. Z. King (Eds.), APA handbook of neuropsychology, Vol. 2. Neuroscience and neuromethods (pp. 665-680). American Psychological Association.

Thomas, M. L., Duffy, J. R., Swerdlow, N., Light, G. A., & Brown, G. G. (2021). Detecting the inverted-U in fMRI Studies of schizophrenia: A comparison of three analysis methods. . Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 28 (3), 258-269.

Thomas, M. L., Brown, G. G., Patt, V. M., & Duffy, J. R. (2021). Latent variable modeling and adaptive testing for experimental cognitive psychopathology research. Educational and psychological measurement 81 (1), 155-181.

Thomas, M. L., Green, M. F., Hellemann, G., Sugar, C.. A., Tarasenko, M., Calkins, M. E., & Light, G. A. (2017). Modeling deficits from early auditory information processing to psychosocial functioning in schizophrenia. JAMA Psychiatry, 74 (1), 37-46.

Thomas, M. L., Kaufmann, C. N., Palmer, B. W., Depp, C. A., Martin, A. S., Glorioso, D. K., Thompson, W. K., & Jeste, D. V. (2016). Paradoxical trend for improvement in mental health with aging: A community-based study of 1,546 adults aged 21-100 years. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 77 (8) E1019-E1025.


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Neurocognitive Measurement Laboratory: Our laboratory is concerned with interpretive and statistical challenges relevant to neuropsychological research and practice.